Lessons 1-10

Learn Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily! Zhongwen Red is one in a three-part series of free Mandarin Chinese online courses.

This is a vocabulary-centered language learning program. Each lesson centers around a vocabulary unit that is presented in the context of several example sentences, then expanded upon by a short dialogue.

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Lessons 11-20
Lessons 21-30
Lessons 31-40
Lessons 41-50
Lessons 51-60
Lessons 61-70
Lessons 71-80
Lessons 81-90
Lessons 91-100
Lessons 101-110
Lessons 111-120
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The Mandarin language is not as difficult as you might think. There’s a reason why it’s the world’s most spoken language! A lingua franca for much of Northern China since the Yuan dynasty, Mandarin has a simple, no-nonsense grammatical system and a vocabulary that builds upon itself. So don’t be daunted! You too can speak this beautiful language.